April 2, 2013
As the 2012-2013 season comes to a close, the Shawnee State University Theater Department will perform the Broadway musical comedy “Once Upon a Mattress” a play with music by Mary Rodgers, lyrics by Marshall Barer, and book by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer.
The play turns the legendary fairy tale “The Princess and the Pea” on its head, delving into the wacky lives of the numerous characters involved. Carried by a set of delightful songs (“Shy,” “Happily Ever After,” “Yesterday I Loved You”) ranging from hilarious to raucous to romantic, this spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans.
Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical in 1960 and Best Revival of a Musical in 1997, “Once Upon a Mattress” was the star-making vehicle for veteran comedienne Carol Burnett.
The musical will run from Wednesday, April 10 through Saturday, April 13 in the Vern Riffe Center for the Arts Main Stage at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $12 at regular price, $10 for seniors, SSU faculty and staff, and $3 for SSU students with a valid ID. For more information, call the McKinley Box Office at (740) 351-3600.